Apple has unveiled the release date of OS X Mountain Lion, a preview of iOS 6, MacBook updates and an all new MacBook Pro.
Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the desktop operating system, will be available in July as a download from the Mac App Store for $19.99. Over 200 new features are in the new Mountain Lion, including an all new Messages App, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, Power Nap, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. Mountain Lion is integrated with iCloud.
Apple also previewed iOS 6, which will introduce over 200 new features to the mobile operating system.
iOS 6 will be available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall as a free software update. New iOS 6 features include: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and a new Flyover view; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Facebook integration for contacts and calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari and Maps; shared photo streams via iCloud; and Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.
An all new MacBook Pro with Retina display, along with updates to MacBook Air and current generation MacBook Pro were also announced.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has a Retina display with 5.1 million pixels, quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, and is 0.71 inches thick, 4.46 pounds and was the “most advanced” Mac that Apple had ever built, said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
The Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle, and has 75 per cent less reflection and 29 per cent higher contrast than the previous generation. MacBook Pro with Retina display is available through the Apple Online Store.
Meanwhile, Macbook Air and the current generation MacBook Pro have been updated with the latest processors and new graphics.
“Today we’ve updated the entire MacBook line with faster processors, graphics, memory, flash storage and USB 3 connectivity,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
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